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AP Human Geography Self-Study and Homeschool

3 min readโ€ขnovember 18, 2020

Harrison Burnside


Overview ๐Ÿ—ฃ๏ธ

If you are reading this, you are probably considering self-studying for this exam ๐Ÿ˜ฌ If you are afraid of doing so because you donโ€™t know anything about it, we got you!

Letโ€™s talk about it ๐Ÿฅณ

The Exam Format ๐Ÿค”

For APHuG Section 1, you have 60 minutes to answer 60 MCQs, and this section is weighted at 50% ****of your exam score! To learn more about MCQs and go more in depth on the process, make sure to check out the APHuG Ultimate Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) guide ๐Ÿ“–

For APHuG Section 2, you will have 75 minutes to answer 3 Free Response Questions โœ๏ธ all equally weighted to make this section weighted at 50% of your exam score! The Free Response Questions (FRQs) study guide goes into more detail about the logistics ๐Ÿง of Section 2 for help ๐Ÿ™‹

Here's the AP exam breakdown by unit weight:

Resources:

APHuG Breakdown by Unit

1: Thinking Geographically8-10%
2: Population + Migration12-17%
3: Culture12-17%
4: Politics 12-17%
5: Agriculture12-17%
6: Urban Land Use12-17%
7: Economic Development12-17%

Get a Practice Book ๐Ÿ““

Barronโ€™s and The Princeton Review are the two prep book companies that every AP student knows about ๐Ÿ˜‹ They adequately prepare you for the exam, varying in the way they deliver information and the format they use.

The books are just going to cover the basic content of the class as they are a good source of practice with a detailed explanation for every answer. The books will also provide you with tips about how to approach each type of question.

Want to learn more about how to get a five 5๏ธโƒฃ? Check out:

๐Ÿ“ Read: APHuGโ€”How to Get a 5

Understand Key Vocabulary ๐Ÿ—ƒ๏ธ

As you read your textbook ๐Ÿ“” or other articles, identify and define the words you donโ€™t understand and write them ๐Ÿ“ down in a sheet of paper, or even better, make a quizlet. That way you will be able to review these words before your exam. ๐Ÿ˜„ Not to mention you can search up previously made quizlets that will help you learn more words.

Don't know what quizlets to use or where to start? Check out:

๐Ÿ“ Read: APHuGโ€”Best Quizlets by Unit

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Review Previous Exams ๐Ÿ“

Another good way to prepare for the exam ๐Ÿ“ is by looking at previous exams, which are posted on the College Board website. Reading through FRQ โœ๏ธ ****sample answers ****will help you know what mistakes not to make. Make sure to check out our list of all of the released FRQ past prompts so you can practice for your exam:

๐Ÿ“ Read: APHuGโ€”Past Prompts FRQ by Unit

You can also find sample MCQ (multiple choice questions) online ๐Ÿ’ป We recommend using this REA Practice Test and assessing your skills with this diagnostic test from Varsity Tutors.

Final Tips ๐Ÿ’ก

The most important thing you need to remember is ๐Ÿ’ต to pay for your exam on time. Talk with the AP Coordinator of your high school, or if you are homeschooled, contact any high school close to you that offers AP Human Geography so you can take the exam there.

Also, talk with your school to know if they do any โ€œpractice weekโ€ ****before the exam. This may be helpful if any school near you offers it, donโ€™t be afraid of contacting them ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

You got this ๐ŸŽ‰

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Unit 1: Thinking Geographically

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